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  1. I know what you mean. I always make mine with Suze and Cocchi Americano and laugh every time at the name. But I love this drink! I will sometimes sub Amer Sauvage and like it that way quite a bit, but the Suze/Cocchi is my preference.
  2. When I purchased my bottle of R&W, it was the only kind of violette available in this area. Now there are quite a few other options. Since its time for me to buy a new bottle and since the first one lasted several years, I'm hoping I can get some guidance on which brand I should purchase next. I know for certain that besides the R&W I can get hold of Pages, Tempus Fugit, Bitter Truth, and I think I can find Giffard. I've searched for reviews online but they are few and far between and not always trustworthy. Any thoughts on the qualities of any of these labels that might suggest one over a repurchase of R&W? Thanks
  3. Thanks tanstaafl2. It has been one of my favorite gins and I'll be quite disappointed if they have changed it.
  4. Does anyone know if Junipero changed its recipe recently or do they just have a new label?
  5. Can anyone recommend a good substitute for Amaro Cora in an Amarosa?
  6. To toast out the old year: A Bitter Pill To Swallow
  7. After some more time with it, I think the PX is dynamite-- portier than port, with some very distinctive notes. It definitely lends itself well to the cold weather, as both a digestif sipper and because it works nicely in brown boozy drinks. It's potent as hell and can run roughshod over a drink if you aren't careful with the balance, though. My fino/manzanilla experience is limited to the fine drinks (many) other people have made with them. I don't think you can really lose either way. Thanks for the suggestion of PX. I have very little experience with sweet sherry, but thinking about it, it makes perfect sense for cocktails. I'll give it a go and see how it works.
  8. Which online sites offer the best selection of bitters for purchase?
  9. Typically I buy a bottle of sherry once-a-year around this time of the year (but usually only one a year). What do people recommend as a good sherry that is both nice straight and excellent in cocktails?
  10. I like the combination of flavors but it is a bit sweet. Next time I'll back off a bit on both the Grand Marnier and the Nonino. Thanks for the article. I know too little about aquavit, but do like it.
  11. Drinking an Occidental (from PDT book). Calls for Nonino Amaro, Grand Marnier, and Linie Aquavit in a Fernet Branca-rinsed coupe. Not having the Linie, I subbed Aalborg Jubilaeums Aquavit. Can anyone tell me if the difference between the two aquavits makes an important difference and, if so, how?
  12. Some Fridays just cry out for a Corpse Reviver #2!
  13. When I drink bourbon, I prefer a classic style such as Jim Beam or Jefferson's. If I want the high rye bourbon, I'll just drink rye. While I will occasionally use a wheat bourbon such as Maker's for an old fashioned cocktail, I think the "sweetness" too much for my favored Manhattans.
  14. I do like the Vieux Carré, but not having an iPhone or iPad, I don't have the Bartender's Choice app. Is their ratio anything like what I found here (http://www.examiner.com/article/new-york-vs-los-angeles-cocktail-competition-part-i) with the addition of the Angostura?
  15. I do always seem to come back to one or another version of a Manhattan. Just a slight tweet with a different whiskey, bitters, vermouth, or ratio always seems to bring a new and perfect combination. It never fails. Of course, as my handle suggests, a Vieux Carré, when the timing is right, is hard to beat.
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